Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that the joint operation between the police, the Health Department and Marine Department was to ensure that the public could visit the islands in Mersing safely. "Since state borders have reopened, we expect to see many people visiting Mersing and using the boat services here. We need to ensure they can do so safely. "We want to make sure that operators adhere to the rules and regulations outlined, especially when it comes to drug consumption, which could put the lives of passengers and other boat operators in danger," he said at a press conference that was posted on the Johor police Facebook page Thursday (Oct 14). Comm Ayob noted that there are 45 islands in Mersing, five of which have resorts. "There are 95 companies operating over 200 boats in Mersing alone. "Operators found to not have their licence renewed in the past two years would have their licence suspended by the Marine Department," he said, adding that ... » Learn More about Mersing boat operators to undergo Covid-19, drug tests, say Johor police
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Mueang Chonburi – Three people have been rescued after they were floating in the sea for five hours after their fishing boat capsized in Mueang Chonburi. Marine rescue divers were notified of the incident in the sea in the Ang Sila sub-district earlier this week (October 10 th ). Mr. Eakkasak Sermsri, 45, a rescue diver, told local Thai media, “The fishing boat had capsized ten kilometers from the shore.” “Two hours after starting a search when we had an emergency call for help we found three people were floating in the sea who were Mr. Olan Tuamthong, 32, Mr. Yon Wutthiyasarn, 39, and Mr. Tanaphon Kennarkm, 42.” Mr. Olan spoke with the Thai media after being rescued and stated, “There were strong wind and waves. A big wave hit our boat while we were fishing in the sea and the boat capsized. We were holding our bags which were turned into airbags to be used as flotation devices. One of us had a life vest as well. After that, we called 1669 emergency responders with the ... » Learn More about Three people rescued after five hours floating in the sea after their boat capsizes in Chonburi
All primary students can return to school in Afghanistan, but the Taliban have barred secondary schoolgirls from lessons until security and segregation requirements are met. KABUL: Afghan teenager Amena saw dozens of classmates killed when her girls' school was targeted by an Islamic State bomb attack in May, but she was determined to continue her education. Now, like most secondary school girls in the country, she is banned from lessons altogether after the Taliban's hardline government excluded them from returning to class one month ago. "I wanted to study, see my friends and have a bright future, but now I am not allowed," 16-year-old Amena told AFP at her home in western Kabul. "This situation makes me feel awful. Since the Taliban arrived, I am very sad and angry." On September 18, Afghanistan's new Islamist rulers ordered male teachers and boys aged 13 and over back to secondary schools, picking up an academic year already cut short by violence and the Covid-19 ... » Learn More about ‘Why can’t we study?’ – Afghan girls still barred from school
Afghan girls return to their homes after attending school in Chashma Dozak area of Badghis province on October 16, 2021. AFP KABUL — Afghan teenager Amena saw dozens of classmates killed when her girls’ school was targeted by an Islamic State bomb attack in May, but she was determined to continue her education. Now, like most secondary school girls in the country, she is banned from lessons altogether after the Taliban’s hardline government excluded them from returning to class one month ago. “I wanted to study, see my friends and have a bright future, but now I am not allowed,” 16-year-old Amena told AFP at her home in western Kabul. “This situation makes me feel awful. Since the Taliban arrived, I am very sad and angry.” On September 18, Afghanistan’s new Islamist rulers ordered male teachers and boys aged 13 and over back to secondary schools, picking up an academic year already cut short by violence and the Covid-19 pandemic. However, there was no mention of women ... » Learn More about ‘Why can’t we study?’ – Afghan girls still barred from school
Police arrested a man on Wednesday (Oct 13) night who they suspected fatally slashed the throat of a Hong Kong taxi driver following a citywide manhunt. Officers apprehended the suspect, 31, not far from Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier on Lamma Island, Chief Inspector Terrence Tse Tsz Kwan of the Hong Kong Island regional crime unit told an early morning press conference on Thursday. A search of the area uncovered a stab-proof vest and a foldable knife with a 9cm blade inside a rubbish bag, he said. The suspect, identified only by his surname Choi, was taken by boat to marine police headquarters at Sai Wan Ho and was being detained for questioning at Wan Chai Police Station. No charges have been laid. Choi is wanted over the killing of the 48-year-old taxi driver at the junction of Eastern Street and Queen’s Road West in Sai Wan just before 5am on Tuesday. According to Tse, the suspect left a hotel near the crime scene, hailed the cab and got inside but was seen exiting about a minute ... » Learn More about Police arrest suspect in killing of Hong Kong taxi driver after citywide manhunt
KOTA KINABALU: A deputy director of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has claimed trial to three counts of alleged false claims for an event in Sabah more than seven years ago. Mohd Daffy Liamin, 37, who was attached to the Beaufort division of the MCMC, was accused of falsifying claims amounting to RM9,000 in three transactions for a nonexistent boat rental fee in 2013. In the first charge, he was accused of handing over a claim sheet which included a RM1,000 boat rental fee for the "Himpunan Kasih Sayang peringkat Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan 2013" programme. The claims filed on March 7, 2013, were allegedly for expenses incurred on Jan 12 that year. In the second and third charges, he was accused of filing two claims, each amounting to RM4,000, for special boat rentals for different routes respectively, on the same date for the same travel date of Jan 12, 2013. Mohd Daffy pleaded not guilty to the charges read to him at the Special Corruption ... » Learn More about MCMC deputy director charged with falsifying claims worth RM9,000
Hong Kong property tycoons on Friday joined forces to hold a grand lottery, dangling a top prize of HK$10.8 million (S$1.8 million) in the world’s costliest housing market as an incentive for hesitant residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19. A lack of trust in the government and concerns over rare side effects have led to a sluggish vaccination roll-out in Hong Kong. As of Friday, the take-up rate for the first vaccine dose was 17.6 per cent, and the figure was 12.9 per cent for both shots among the city’s population of 7.5 million people. At a daily rate of 28,564 doses administered, it would take an estimated 10 months to cover 75 per cent of residents. The Post explores other incentives made available in the city before Friday’s bold move by tycoons, as well as measures rolled out by other governments to give their vaccination drives a shot in the arm. Lucky draws and lotteries Winning cash or a flat are among the gimmicks local governments and private ... » Learn More about From free flat to cash prizes — what will it take to push Covid-19 jabs in Hong Kong?
From the unexpectedly popular UOB KrisFlyer card to the newly introduced GrabPay credit card, there have been quite a few branded credit cards launched in the market. Here’s one more to add to the list: the Citi Lazada card. As you can probably guess, this card targets those who shop on Lazada. That’s a lot of people: according to a report by Statista , Lazada is second to Shopee as the top e-commerce site in Singapore with more than seven million monthly web visits in the first quarter of 2021. In a nutshell, the Citi Lazada card offers a whopping 10X rewards ($1 = four miles) on Lazada purchases, and 5X ($1 = two miles) rewards for other key spending categories like dining, travel, entertainment and transport. Is the Citi Lazada card really a godsend for Laz-addicts, or did they literally “play it up”? Here’s our take on the card. Citi Lazada credit card overview First, let’s look at the card benefits like bonus reward points (or air miles): Spending category ... » Learn More about Citi Lazada credit card review – is it only good for Lazada shoppers?
In this photograph taken on October 11, 2021, Mullah Yacoub (C), a Taliban member who claims to have lost his leg in an US force strike, is assisted as he tries his new prosthetic leg at International Committee of Red Cross Rehabilitation Centre in Kabul. AFP KABUL — Just months ago they were fighting each other as mortal enemies, but today they are amputees dealing with their new disabilities, together. At this Red Cross-run rehabilitation centre in Kabul, former Afghan government soldiers and Taliban fighters adjust their new prostheses, living side by side. Khair Mohammad, a 32-year-old sergeant in the ousted government army who saw both his legs amputated in February, rests after taking his first hesitant steps between two parallel metal bars. “The Taliban were our enemies, and I fought them when I was healthy,” said the sergeant with a neatly trimmed beard and a Real Madrid T-shirt. “But the situation has changed,” he told AFP in the long, narrow room equipped for ... » Learn More about Afghan amputees recover alongside former enemies
Pattaya – A restaurant near the Bali Hai Pier was allegedly found violating the emergency decree last night, at least the second time this particular venue has been raided. Pattaya City Law Enforcement officers were patrolling at the Bali Hai Pier last night (October 13 th ). At 10:30 P.M. a restaurant (Sky Mountain) was allegedly found operating outside of the legal Covid-19 curfew hours from 10:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. and allowing customers to drink alcohol which violates current Covid-19 laws and the emergency decree. More than 50 customers were found inside the restaurant, according to statements from Pattaya City Law Enforcement. Pattaya Law Enforcement officers told The Pattaya News they ordered the restaurant to close immediately. However, the restaurant caretaker, whose name was not given by Pattaya City police who cited a further investigation, was reportedly not cooperative. Pattaya Law Enforcement called the Pattaya City Police. As more police arrived many ... » Learn More about Twenty people arrested at Pattaya restaurant allegedly violating Covid-19 rules and emergency decree